Anti-boycott bill passes first reading in Knesset

After a lengthy debate on the House floor, the Knesset voted late Monday evening to advance a bill that would place heavy sanctions against bodies that advocate a boycott against Israel, or against specific areas of the country such as the West Bank.
Although Kadima Faction Chairwoman Dalia Itzik, one of the bill’s original sponsors, rescinded her support for the legislation, the bill still easily passed its first reading by a vote of 32-12.